Reading Guides, VOLUME 10

Marilynne Robinson – 10 Freely Available Essays!

Sunday Nov. 26 is the birthday of Marilynne Robinson, the renowned novelist and essayist!

The next collection of Marilynne Robinson essays — to be released in 2018 — is What Are We Doing Here?: Essays

In anticipation of this essay collection, we offer the following list of ten of the finest Marilynne Robinson essays that can be read in full online!

You will find the title essay of this forthcoming collection (which first appeared in The NY Review of Books) near the end of this list… Enjoy these essays!!!

Top 10 Online Recordings
of Marilynne Robinson

 
Rachel Marie Stone’s Essay
in Appreciation of Robinson

 

What Are We Doing Here?

Originally  appeared in The NY Review of Books
Title essay of her forthcoming collection
What Are We Doing Here?: Essays


To put books into English, the vulgar tongue, the language of the masses, was once radical. Teaching literature written in English is a recent innovation, historically speaking, and was long regarded in the more renowned institutions as a lowering of standards. It is still the case in some countries that the work of living writers is excluded from the curriculum, perhaps a sign of lingering prejudice against the vernacular, against what people say and think now, in the always disparaged present. In America this scruple is gone and forgotten. Writers not yet dead, in many cases only emerging, are read and pondered, usually under a rubric of some kind that makes them representative of gender or ethnicity or region, therefore instances of some perspective or trend often of greater interest to the professor than to any of the writers.

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